July 28, 2021

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North Jersey foodies on restaurants to travel for

10 min read

And you thought you were a food lover.

You may have to reconsider.

Some of your fellow North Jersey residents are, well, obsessed with food. They are willing to spend a fortune on a meal, drive hours for a good burger, know where the best burritos are and which chef is working where. 

These serious eaters try anything at least once. They eat to live, travel to eat and think, talk about and dream about food. They also love to cook, collect cookbooks, and relish experimenting in the kitchen. 

Meet five of the most passionate, most ardent, most enthusiastic, most avid food lovers in North Jersey. Due to their epicurean zeal, you just might have to up your gastronome game.

Justin Elmini, Pompton Plains

Justin Elmini is a very adventurous eater. Some of what he's tried over the years: sweetbreads, pig’s ears, chicken heart salad, duck hearts, kidneys, tripe, fish eyes, monkfish liver, snake, kangaroo, ostrich and elk.

Justin Elmini’s obsession with food started in middle school. 

That’s when Elmini happily discovered that there was “more to life than pot roast,” he said. His parents were good, but not particularly daring cooks. “We ate very basic early ’80s Americana food: roast beef, roast chicken, pot roast and Friday was pizza night.”

That American fare was not being dished out in the homes of his ethnically diverse friends. “Everything was so different,” he said.

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